‘A Night at the Historic Washington Cemetery’

By Martin Graham - mgraham@recordherald.com

Carriage Court of Washington Court House and the Fayette County Travel & Tourism Bureau are teaming up to bring the community “A Night at the Historic Washington Cemetery” on Oct. 27 from 7 to 10 p.m.

This event — which begins at Christman Park — will take patrons on a hayride from the park and through the cemetery. While there, residents will travel through the cemetery with a guide and will make occasional stops so residents can hear stories of Washington Court House’s history. Director of sales and marketing at Carriage Court, Beth McCane, is helping to organize the event and ensures the community this is not a haunted ride, but rather a historical ride.

“This is just something that Jolinda (VanDyke) and I cooked up together,” McCane said. “There will be stops throughout the cemetery where there will be actors or people portraying historical figures and giving a brief history. Some of the stops are the Judy Chapel, Clarence Christman, and different people like that. I do want to emphasize this is not a haunted ride. This ride is not about it being scary or anything like that.”

McCane said the proceeds from the event will benefit the Fayette County Historical Society. She said that volunteers from the society, as well as teachers and administration from the local schools, will participate as the historical residents of Washington Court House. Hayrides will also depart from Scare on the Square downtown to participate in the event.

“The residents will stay on the hayride throughout the whole tour,” McCane said. “It is about a 45 minute ride — including a five minute stop at the Judy Chapel. Pre-sale tickets are $8 and tickets will be available that night for $10. Anyone can stop at Carriage Court (500 N. Glenn Avenue) or the Fayette County Travel & Tourism Bureau (101 E. East St. in the Upstairs/CEO Building) to buy a ticket.”

Finally, McCane said refreshments will be included with the price of admission and will be available at Christman Park. She said coffee, hot chocolate and popcorn will be on the menu for the evening.

For more information or to purchase tickets contact Beth McCane at Carriage Court Assisted Living (740) 333-3434 or Jolinda VanDyke at Fayette County Travel & Tourism (800) 479-7797.

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By Martin Graham